Loading
Decision by Spokane judge will not affect settlements in Seattle, says archbishop

.- Last week’s decision by a federal bankruptcy judge in Spokane — that parish assets could be liquidated to pay victims of clergy sexual abuse — will not affect the Archdiocese of Seattle's commitment to continue seeking healing for victims and settlements in all clergy abuse cases, said Archbishop Alex Brunett in this weeks edition of the Catholic Northwest Progress. Archbishop Brunett said the judge's ruling in the Spokane bankruptcy case requires thorough review by the nation's bishops and their attorneys prior to any response.

He noted that the Vatican has ruled that most assets in individual dioceses cannot be put up for sale to settle claims. The Vatican's ruling confirmed that, under Church law, churches, schools and other investments belong to individual parishes.

He reminded the faithful that each diocese is a separate financial entity, and that claims against one diocese do not affect another diocese.

To date, the Archdiocese of Seattle has reached settlements for 197 cases of clergy abuse over the past 18 years. The insurance companies have covered the majority of the associated costs, including financial settlements, counseling and attorney’s fees. When insurance coverage has been inadequate, the Archdiocesan Self-Insurance Reserve has covered the cost. And when the Self-Insurance Reserve is depleted, funds from the Archdiocesan General Reserve would be used instead.

The archbishop assured all Catholics in Western Washington that every effort is being made to ensure just settlements are reached in all clergy abuse cases and that no funds from the Annual Catholic Appeal and no parish funds have been or will be used to fund settlements.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
28

Liturgical Calendar

August 28, 2014

Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 24:42-51

Gospel
Date
08/28/14
08/27/14
08/26/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 1: 1-9
Gospel:: Mt 24: 42-51

Saint of the Day

St. Augustine »

Saint
Date
08/28/14
08/27/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 24:42-51

Homily
Date
08/28/14
08/27/14
08/26/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: